Weekend Picks ~ 9-30-2016

Picks Weekend

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

I can’t tell you how much I love this article…

Shut Down the Bus Tours: What Older Church Members Should Really Be DoingCarey Nieuwhof
older church membersToo many churches have played into the trap of trying to cater to the needs of perfectly capable over-50 adults in their church, as though they were a demographic to be appeased, and not mobilized…

Biblical community is more nuanced and powerful than hipsters ministering to hipsters and seniors ministering to seniors. It’s about pairing up the generations to learn from each other, serve side by side and build into each other.


Attendance numbers alone won’t tell you. Here’s how to tell…

You Know You’re Really Preaching the Gospel When…
Dave Harvey
gospelPastoral ministry isn’t like sports, in which even the most obscure statistics (average yards per carry on third downs after 3:00 PM) are quantified and assigned value. Ministry isn’t like business either, with a bottom line that is either distinctly red or distinctly black. Ministry isn’t like manufacturing, which is often boiled down to the how many you sold and how much you made on each sale. No, ministry is much more nebulous. Earthly equations for determining a pastor’s success or failure are much more difficult to come by…

So how can a pastor tell when he’s faithfully preaching the gospel? Here are several indicators. You know you’re preaching the gospel when…


I appreciated this reminder…

This Is What It Means To Be IncludedTim FallPhoto: http://brooklynsplayground.org/
Two year old Tatum Bakker had never been able to swing on a playground swing set until they visited Brooklyn’s Playground on their way through Pocatello, Idaho. It’s a playground designed for children who are physically able and for those who are less able to play on together, named for the little girl who started it all, Brooklyn Fisher…

It’s a place where everyone can come together and play to their heart’s content.

It sounds like heaven to me. Literally…

God’s home is a place where everyone gets to participate and enjoy everything, living life to the full. (John 10:10.)


Given my forgetfulness, I would find this idea very helpful…

Maybe You Need To Declare a Name Amnesty Sunday
Tim Challies
Is It Time To Declare a Name Amnesty SundayIt’s probably a silly idea. It’s probably the kind of thing we came up with late on a Friday afternoon and laughed about before realizing, “Actually, maybe there’s something to this.” Somehow it became a bit of a tradition for Grace Fellowship Church and, even better, one we rather enjoy. We call it “Name Amnesty Sunday” and we hold one every few months. Let me tell you how it works and how it might benefit your church.

You’ve had the experience. I know you have. You’ve seen new people at church and meant to meet them, but never got around to it. Now they’ve been attending for 3 or 4 months and you know it will be just plain awkward to march up to them to introduce yourself. After all, what kind of a church member, or church leader even, waits that long before making introductions?

Maybe it’s worse than that. Maybe you met them the week they first visited, you spent a few minutes chatting and getting to know them, then walked away and realized, “I’ve already forgotten their names.” Now you’re in that cringe-worthy spot where you nod or wave or say “hello” every Sunday while hoping they don’t figure out that you’ve forgotten who they are.

Or maybe you don’t even remember whether or not you’ve met them. You have a vague memory of meeting them or someone like them, but is it possible you’re remembering intention rather than reality? Now you find it easier just to keep your distance.

What can you do? You can declare a Name Amnesty Sunday…


O.T. Clickbait…
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Wrong Hands – Click image for larger view.

The “Old” Songs

There’s a great song by Ron Kenoly with the line:

Some try to keep Him wrapped in a manger.
Some try to keep Him nailed up on a cross.
Some try to keep Him held down in the cold dark grave,
But He’s coming on a white horse!

Of course, the point is that Jesus isn’t simply some historical figure of the past, but he is very much alive today.

I think we tend to forget that important truth. In fact, if we’re completely honest, I think it makes us a little uncomfortable. We’re much more comfortable thinking of him as a historical figure than as an active, living person who wants to be involved in everything we think and do. If he exists only in the past we can study him, understand him, and box him up.

What an amazing man he was!

He changed the course of history.

The year is 2016. Two thousand and sixteen years from…what? See that? Every day we change the calendar we acknowledge the impact Jesus had on our world.

But here’s the thing: he’s not done.

He’s still alive. He still changes history.

Ok, I’m going to make a transition here. Go with me…

I love the old songs. Really, I do! When I sing the songs I grew up singing in church, I remember those days when my faith was still new. I grow nostalgic about the little church that played such a significant role in my spiritual life. The people who loved me, tolerated me, and influenced me. I am indescribably grateful for them all! It’s good to look back and see how God has worked in the past.

But the church isn’t about nostalgia.

The church is about the living Jesus.

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There’s not a thing wrong with loving the old songs. It’s why we have “oldies” radio stations. It’s why the Gaither “Homecoming” concerts are always so well attended. It’s why people still get together and sing “Sacred Harp” music. It’s why I still listen to “big band” music. It’s even why we have symphony orchestras and opera companies. There is great art, and culture from the past represented by all this music. It absolutely should be preserved and enjoyed.

But that’s not the church’s job.

We don’t keep “real” worship alive by singing the old songs. We don’t keep Jesus alive by preserving the preferences and culture of a previous generation. Jesus is alive without our help. Maybe even in spite of it. We cannot keep him contained, and it’s wrong for us to try.

I’ve heard so many folks complain that the church of today is trying too hard to be “relevant.” (You can see the scare quotes when they say it.) They cynically assume that making use of pop music and modern technology is just a marketing ploy, attempting to lure the younger generation.

But, what if God is simply working in the lives of young, 21st century believers (as he has in every previous century) who in turn make use of the forms they know, and the skills they possess, to bring glory to Him? What if he is transforming the hearts of talented people, who then write music that speaks to and for this generation? What if Jesus is using methods and media that were unthinkable a generation ago to build his Kingdom today?

Personally, I’m more skeptical of someone who claims to be a Christ-follower but does his/her best to keep Jesus locked up in musty ritual and tradition than those who acknowledge the fact that Jesus is alive and well, and very much involved in the lives of people today. People for whom “pop culture” is simply culture.

Fifty years ago there were older people of faith who cared about me and my generation and encouraged us. I remember their names. I can hear their voices in my mind. Their lives still echo through my own.

It’s logical to assume that, at the same time, there were others who thought the things we did and the music we liked had no place in the church. They probably complained about our folk music, our noise, and our immaturity. I don’t know that for sure because, honestly, I don’t really remember them. I couldn’t tell you who they were.

So, here’s my question: Fifty years from now, when this generation looks back on their youth, which of those two groups will you be in?

I know which one I want to be in.

Lloyd

 

Deuteronomy 11:18-32

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

Deuteronomy 11:18-32
18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. 24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours. Your territory shall be from the wilderness to[a] the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea. 25 No one shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you.

26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. 29 And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. 30 Are they not beyond the Jordan, west of the road, toward the going down of the sun, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oak[b] of Moreh? 31 For you are to cross over the Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you. And when you possess it and live in it, 32 you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the rules that I am setting before you today.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
What does it mean to lay up my words in your heart and soul? (v. 18)
Do you do that?
Could you do it better?

Thursday Picks ~ 9-29-2016

Picks Thursday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

Knowing is easy, doing is hard…

3 Reasons to “Go and do Likewise.”Michael Kelley
the_good_samaritan_by_david_teniers_the_younger_after_francesco_bassanoWhile the original audience might have recoiled at the idea of a Samaritan being the protagonist, we as modern day, sophisticated, and analytical Christ-followers recoil for another reason – the command from Jesus that closes the story: “Go and do likewise.”


Noteworthy…

Crossway Reverses Decision to Make ESV Bible Text PermanentJeremy Weber
Image result for esvThe publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses.

“We have become convinced that this decision was a mistake,” stated Crossway president and CEO Lane Dennis in an announcement released today. “We apologize for this and for any concern this has caused for readers of the ESV, and we want to explain what we now believe to be the way forward. Our desire, above all, is to do what is right before the Lord.”


Speaking of the Bible, I’m very interested in seeing what this museum has to offer…

Washington, D.C.: ‘Topping Out’ the Museum of the BibleDaniel B. Wallace
Image result for museum of the bibleThe MOTB will be the world’s largest privately-owned Bible museum. …it is intended to be a place where people of all faiths—and those of no faith at all—can engage with the Bible. The goal is to be non-sectarian but intentionally educational. The Bible has had far greater impact on human history than any other book ever written. Yet Biblical illiteracy is escalating at an astonishing pace and is even approaching the illiteracy levels before the King James Bible was published four hundred years ago. This museum in this location is strategic for the nations of the world…

I must admit, however, that I was a little concerned that the museum might have a cheesy feel to it, kind of like a Christian Disneyland. I’ve seen too many Christian museums that are of this sort. But the impression I got from the speakers, the tour, and the videos on each floor showing how the museum will finish out obliterated that concern. Yes, this museum will be technologically advanced, and yes, it will be accessible and interesting to people of all ages. But it will not be boring or cheesy. It’s a fine balance to achieve; the MOTB is on track to do it.

If you want to find out more go to: museumofthebible.org.


Thank you, Seth, for this encouraging reminder…

The RipplesSeth Godin
Every decision we make changes things. The people we befriend, the examples we set, the problems we solve…

Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we get to glimpse those ripples as we stand at the crossroads. Instead of merely addressing the urgency of now, we can take a moment to focus on how a quiet insight, overlooked volunteer work or a particularly welcome helping hand moves so many people forward. For generations.

How did you get to where you are? Who is going to go even further because of you?

Thank you for passing it forward.


I admit it, this made me laugh…

Knock-knock Joke ReduxTim Fallhttps://timfall.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/knock-knock.jpg

 

Deuteronomy 11:1-17

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

Deuteronomy 11:1-17
“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline[a] of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt to Pharaoh the king of Egypt and to all his land, and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses and to their chariots, how he made the water of the Red Sea flow over them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord has destroyed them to this day, and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place, and what he did to Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, son of Reuben, how the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households, their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Israel. For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did.

“You shall therefore keep the whole commandment that I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess, and that you may live long in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give to them and to their offspring, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it,[b] like a garden of vegetables. 11 But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, 12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

13 “And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 he[c] will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. 15 And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. 16 Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; 17 then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and you will perish quickly off the good land that the Lord is giving you.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
“All your heart and soul.” (vs. 13)
Think about what that means.
Be honest. Has your heart ever been deceived? (vs. 16)
How would you know if it was?

Life Is Like Beer – What I Learned from Estate Planning

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Responsible adults that we are, Kathie and I finally, at the age of 63, met with an attorney this week to do our estate planning. This was something we have had on our to-do list for a while…like a couple decades.

I always knew I was going to get old someday, I just thought would take quite a bit longer.

Honestly, it would probably have been another couple decades if we hadn’t attended a benefit for a family we know. There was a silent auction, and one of the items up for bid was an estate planning package donated by an attorney who also knows the same family. I was playing in the band for this event and Kathie approached me between tunes and said, “I’m gonna bid on this, ok?”

It wasn’t really a question. She was just making sure we had enough in the checking account to pay for it. I assured her that we did, and off she went to submit our bid.

Then I thought maybe I’d better check our balance, just to be sure. I pulled up the banking app on my phone. (There’s a sentence that would’ve made absolutely no sense 25 years ago. Back when we should’ve done our estate planning.) After I transferred some funds from the savings account, I wasn’t a liar.

So, we had our meeting with the attorney on Tuesday evening.

I asked lots of stupid questions, because I don’t really understand anything at all about money, or law.

Here’s what I learned:

You don’t get to keep anything when you die.

Seriously.

Not one thing.

Every single thing you’ve saved for, built, or earned and grown to love will either be sold, given to someone else, or go to a landfill.

My high definition TV, my comfortable furniture, my 2004 Hyundai, my lawnmower….all gone.

Every stitch of clothing. Every mismatched piece of silverware. My tools. All this will end up in the hands of someone else. Probably someone I don’t even know.

A stranger will one day live in my house and have cookouts on my deck!

Turns out, all this stuff we think we own? It’s like beer. You don’t really buy it, you only rent it!

Did you realize this?

I suppose I was told, but I’m not sure I completely understood.

It sort of became clear to me Tuesday evening.

Here’s the good news: We’re not going to need it. None of it.

We won’t even miss it.

All this stuff that so much of our limited time and energy is spent collecting, is useful to us for only the briefest of moments.

In a very short time, much shorter than any of us imagine, it will all be worthless.

Oh, I plan to enjoy it and appreciate it while I can, but I think I need to be less attached to it.

How about you?

 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”

–Jesus in Matthew 6:19-21 The Message

Lloyd

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

Deuteronomy 10:12-22
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? 14 Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. 15 Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. 16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 20 You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. 21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. 22 Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

From this passage I hear God asking me:
What kind of a God do you think I am?
What, specifically, am I asking of you here?
Am I asking too much?
I didn’t think so.

Tuesday Picks ~ 9-27-2016

Picks Tuesday

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...

I can’t say I’m 100% consistent, but I try to make each of these things an ongoing part of my life…

Young is a State of MindDan Reiland
shoe10 lifestyle habits to help you remain young at heart:

1) Keep up with current culture.
2) Connect with young adults.
3) Keep up with the latest technology.
4) Focus on the future.
5) Invest in your health.
6) Meet new people.
7) Remain curious.
8) Stay positive.
9) Adapt to your energy.
10) Increase your faith.

Follow the link to read his explanations of each point.


Excellent, practical advice for helping grieving friends…

Yes, You Should Say Something: Overcoming Awkwardness with Grieving PeopleNancy Guthrie
LightstockWhat makes a great friend in the midst of grief is someone willing to overcome the awkwardness to engage. He or she comes alongside and is willing, at least for a while, to agree that this is terrible, unexplainable, the worst. No forced looking on the bright side. At least not yet. No suggesting you should be grateful for anything. At least not yet. To have a friend who, with a shake of the head and a sense of “How can this be?” refuses to rush too quickly past sharing a sense of agonized disappointment at the reality of death—what a gift.


We in leadership often become so distracted with those who are critical or complaining that we forget, or have little time left, to appreciate and encourage the ones who are serving…

All The Sheep Matter (And Have Names)Jamie Brown
1I wonder how many of our volunteers are just hungry for some sort of pastoral connection, however sporadically, by someone in church leadership, that shows that we know their names, we appreciate them, we value their contributions, and we are blessed by their gifts. I think for some people it helps them go from feeling like they’re filling a slot, to actually being a part of a body…

For those of us in any ministry position where it’s up to us to schedule, recruit, or manage volunteers, we have an important lesson from Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for his sheep. The sheep matter to Him, and so they should know that they matter to us too.


As Francis Schaeffer said, “He is there, and He is not silent.

Only Our God SpeaksRyan Shelton
Christian worship is unlike any other form of religious exercise because we worship the living God. Since our God is not like lifeless idols, we practice our faith differently than the rest of the world…

Because Christians worship a speaking God, we approach worship differently than any religious sect or worshiping community.


Remember to get your Boogie-Woogie Flu shot…
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Wrong Hands

Deuteronomy 10:1-11

The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.

Deuteronomy 10:1-11
“At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.’ So I made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand. And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments[a] that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the Lord gave them to me. Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the Lord commanded me.”

(The people of Israel journeyed from Beeroth Bene-jaakan[b] to Moserah. There Aaron died, and there he was buried. And his son Eleazar ministered as priest in his place. From there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land with brooks of water. At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord to stand before the Lord to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day. Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The Lord is his inheritance, as the Lord your God said to him.)

10 “I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the Lord listened to me that time also. The Lord was unwilling to destroy you. 11 And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go on your journey at the head of the people, so that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.’

From this passage I hear God asking me:
Why do you think I gave these people another chance?
Did they deserve it?
Do you?

How I’ll Vote (as if you care)

It often seems pointless to discuss politics anywhere, especially on social media. This is true primarily because we usually only talk to people who see things the way we do, and whose minds are already made up. And yet millions of dollars are spent on political campaigns that are designed to persuade.

So, in one sense, I suppose I’m writing this in an attempt to persuade you to my way of thinking. However, I recognize that most who read this either 1) already agree with me or, 2) already disagree and are reading to see how stupid I am.

On the off chance that you are still trying to decide what to do, I offer this little reflection on what I’m thinking and how I plan to vote this November.

A few months ago, before the primaries, when it first became clear that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee for POTUS, I wrote a piece I called Vizzini’s Choice about what I was thinking concerning this year’s election.

Well, as this disheartening and tragic campaign drags on, two things remain clear to me:

  1. I still can’t vote for Hillary Clinton. This piece by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal outlines pretty clearly why she shouldn’t be president. Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal
  2. I still can’t vote for Donald Trump. There are more, but this piece by Mark Salter in Real Clear Politics explains many of my reasons: Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump

As a matter of fact, the only real reason I can come up with to even consider voting for either of these two would be to cast a vote against the other.

So I feel compelled to vote against both of them.

As ghastly as this image is, I think it’s a great visual for the choice our two major parties have given us. If you’re a fan of Batman (as I am) you’ll recognize these characters. Two Face is, well, two faced. He’s never quite what you think he is. Joker, on the other hand, is simply crazy. “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? I’m just a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it!

 

But, as I’m often reminded: “A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Clinton.”

Or is it “…a vote for Trump”?

I can never remember.

Either way, it makes no sense.

Oh, I understand what these people are saying. They’re saying the same thing I am. They’re admitting that the only reason they have for supporting their completely unqualified candidate is to try to block the other, even more, (in their minds) unqualified candidate. They also assume that they know which of these completely unqualified candidates I would vote for if a gun were held to my head and I had to choose one or the other. I don’t know how they could know that, because even I’m not privy to that information at the present time.

Thankfully, I am not so limited.

At the present time, I continue to stand by Vizzini’s Choice. I intend to vote for a third party or independent candidate. I suppose that could change, but virtually everything Two Face and Joker say or do serves only to strengthen my resolve against them both. I must admit that I’ve found many of Hillary’s television ads against Trump to be quite compelling. They don’t make me want to vote for her necessarily, but they articulate well why I don’t want to vote for him.

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Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president

I’ve flirted with the idea of voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson, but I’m having second thoughts.

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Evan Mcmullin, Independent candidate for president

I like what I’ve read so far about Evan McMullin, but he would have to be a write-in here in Ohio. That doesn’t eliminate him as a possibility.

I would love for one of these guys to be included in the presidential debates. It would be great to have a principled adult on the platform so the other candidates, and the voting public, could see what one looks like. But, alas, it is not to be.

Whatever you decide regarding our next president, I urge you: please don’t just stay home on Election Day. Beyond the presidency, there are many other candidates and issues that we must give our attention to. I believe these are particularly important this year, and this will be a focus of mine. Honestly, these will likely have more direct effect on our lives, anyway. Plus, given the high unfavorability ratings for our presidential candidates, these votes may actually serve to demonstrate the will of the people better than the presidential election.

However you vote, I urge you to join me in my campaign…

My slogan: “Make America good.”

Lloyd